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Lightning! A Long Stitch Variation Online Class Oct 23

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Lightning! A Long Stitch Variation Online Class
Sunday, October 23, 1-4pm MT
Instructor: Kristen Lewis
Limit: 16 students. Includes class kit + shipping
To receive your kit in time for class, register by Oct 16.

This charming little book features the long stitch, a traditional binding that dates back to medieval times. It’s characterized by pages that are attached directly to the book’s spine by stitching through the cover. The binding is simple to master and readily lends itself to experimentation and creative decorating. Plus, writing and sketching in the book is easy because the pages lay flat when the book is opened. 

Local book artist Kristen Lewis has worked up this striking lightning bolt pattern to introduce you to a new category of the versatile long stitch. The lightning bolt pattern crosses signatures, which is an important technique that can be used to create complex patterns on the spine. Kristen has examples to show you that are impressive! 

To start, you’ll create the casing (front, back, and spine) for your book and decorate it with handmade paper from Nepal. The next step is gathering the book’s pages into two groupings (called signatures) and punching holes with a jig in the cover. Kristen provides a detailed instruction sheet for sewing the lightning design, which goes quickly. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ve got a strong foundation for sewing more complex patterns and creating your own variations. With that and Kristen’s inspiring examples of other long stitch patterns, where you go from there is up to you! No prior bookbinding experience is required. 

The homework for the class takes about an hour. This is an estimate. Please allow yourself plenty of time since everyone’s pace is different.

This online class will be recorded and made available to class participants for 10 days after the class.

Class Materials

Please bring the following materials:

  • Scissors
  • Awl for bookbinding
  • A punching surface - mat or cardboard or magazine
  • Glue: PVA (strongly recommended) or Alene’s Tacky Glue. Both are acid free and dry in a flexible way. A glue brush is included in your kit.
  • Small tub for glue (tupperware, small yogurt container etc)
  • Pencil
  • Old magazine, newsprint, or other paper for keeping glue off the work surface.
  • Optional but very useful: metal ruler 12” or longer, a cutting mat 8 x 10” or bigger, and an Xacto knife with fresh blade
  • Optional but very useful: bone folder
  • Optional but very useful: damp paper towels, hand towels, or baby wipes in case of glue mistakes and to keep fingers clean

Class Kit Includes:

  • Waxed linen thread
  • Bookbinding needles
  • Paper for interior pages
  • Decorative paper
  • Set of covers
  • Foam brush for applying glue
  • Paper jigs for punching
  • Handouts
We ship class kits approximately 2 weeks before the class via USPS Priority Mail. You will receive a tracking number (check your spam folder) once your kit ships. Kits can only be shipped within the USA. If you’re outside the USA and would like to take the class, please contact us for information.

Zoom Info

Be sure to look for an email with class details sent out the week before the class. The email includes a Zoom link to login, the class agenda, a materials list, and information on any pre-class prep. You’ll also receive a reminder email the day before the class. If you don’t see the class email from us check your spam folder. No email? Double check the email address you entered when you registered. It's on your order confirmation. If there's still an issue, contact

Class Refund/Cancellation Policy

For cancellation made 3 weeks before class we can either issue a refund or apply the funds to another class. We deduct the price of the class kit plus shipping if we’ve already shipped the kit, and we retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled. If you cancel fewer than 3 weeks before the class there is no refund or credit. If Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, we’ll contact you by email and refund the FULL class fee.

Instructor Bio

Kristen Law Lewis was bitten by the book-bug in the last semester of her undergrad Studio Art studies at University of Colorado. She’s made all kinds of books since - founding Papercuts Press in 2005. She later pursued artifact conservation, a second love, and earned a degree in Museum Studies. Kristen mixes her time between sculpture, bookmaking, teaching, and caring for museum collections. She has taught bookbinding classes since 2007 and brings a gentle, engaging, and informative approach to guiding class projects.

"My work is largely driven by materials and process. I love the challenge of physically incorporating something special into what I make. Upcycling, repurposing, and reducing waste are key interests in my studio practice. I think a lot about where things come from, and where they are going. I'm enamored with material objects - modifying their past significance to construct a relevance for them today."

Read Two Hands Paperie’s Artist Interview with Kristen

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